Nov 16, 2017 | By Lourdes Linares
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We’re big fans of emerging design talent here on the Stylesight Denim blog. In the design world it’s often free-thinking graduates who push the denim boundaries and come up with new and innovative pieces that think outside the constraints of a 5-pocket jean. Cornel Bolt is the latest young designer to catch our eye: we discovered his denim- heavy collection at recent trade fair Rendez Vous in Paris.
Cornel Bolt previously worked as a window dresser and started studying Style&Design at University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Zurich (HGKZ). After assisting Lela Scherrer and Christoph Hefti in Antwerp for five months during his studies, he was inspired to quit his course in Zurich and move to London to attend a BA in womenswear at the renowned Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design London. After graduating from the BA he worked as a design consultant for the Italian street wear brand Replay.
He then went on to the MA fashion course at CSM, where he was assisting the up and coming designer Michael Van Der Ham during his first year. As a previous Fashion Fringe finalist and recipient of the Armani bursary, his name is one to watch and his S/S 12 collection strikes the perfect balance between functional minimalism and avant-garde spirit.
Inspired by film stills, Bolt plays with the concept of “The blowing up and shattering apart of an image in slow motion.”
He spray-paints by hand on a ground of lightweight stretch denims, creating graduating shades of pale to sky blue, cobalt to indigo, and through to black. Simple jersey T-shirt dresses, lined along the seams in luxurious silk duchess satin, are layered underneath. The effect is a flame-like indigo camo that creates an arresting, graphic laundry effect.
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